Why sun exposure after a laser treatment is not ideal

Laser skin resurfacing/rejuvenation involves laser energy injuring the top layers and mid layers of your skin. New healthy tissue can be sensitive to the sun and easily damaged by sun exposure. This is called photo-sensitivity.

Common response to sun exposure after treatment is for your skin to darken, freckle, and to be "photo-damaged." Typically photo-damaged skin is more susceptible to scaly, patchy skin and skin cancers. 6-8 weeks post treatment skin has regenerated and regular sun exposure is acceptable.

 

Best Practices

It's best to avoid the sun 7-14 days leading up to your laser treatment and after. Exposure to the sun's UV rays cause pigment changes to skin that may not be treatable. It is recommended to limit sun exposure two month before and after treatment. For best results, apply sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply the sunscreen throughout the day and avoid direct sunlight without protection.

 

Why Avoiding Sun after Treatment is Key

After laser treatment your skin is delicate and sensitive. The skin will be healing from the "controlled injuries" from the laser's micro beams. Skin may be red, swollen, and tender. 

Cold compresses may be used to bring down swelling. Keeping the treated area hydrated and moisturized will help with the healing process. Wearing makeup soon after a laser treatment is fine.

Many patients ask why is avoiding the sun is so important and our advice: take the extra effort to protect your investment in the treatment and your skin. Your results will thank you.

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